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Saving More Animals & "Kitty Hall" This Friday 11-3

Release Date: 2016-07-05

Today, our Animal Care Services (ACS) Department released its mid-year report on dog and cat adoptions, and the news is great. In fact, as the graphic below shows, 2015 was a record year—and so far 2016 is even better.

And, this Friday is one of my favorite events, Kitty Hall, where cats and kittens are available for adoption in the City Hall lobby.

Animal Care Mid-year Report

Over the past year, dog and cat euthanasia has dropped by 37% and impounds are down by 15%. We are releasing more pets to loving homes, and our spay and neuter efforts are working to reduce our stray population. Over the past 5 years, total euthanasia is down more than 70%.

Live release rates are now 89% for dogs and 63% for cats—compared to 85% and 54% last year.

As Mayor, I’ve pledged to work with our animal advocacy partners and the ACS Department to reduce euthanasia rates and increase adoptions. Thanks to the work of our Animal Care staff, and many committed volunteers, we are making progress. My thanks to ACS leadership for their successful efforts.

And I want to thank all the community members who advocate for our furry friends, including some of our partner organizations; Friends of Long Beach Animals, Fix Long Beach, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, Long Beach Spay and Neuter, Stray Cat Alliance, West Coast Animal Rescue, Zazzy Cats Kitty Rescue, and all the many residents looking out for animals: Your voice makes a difference.

With your help, we will continue to work hard to reduce our numbers even more.

Kitty Hall

This Friday, July 8 from 11 AM - 3 PM, we are holding our next Kitty Hall event, right here in the City Hall lobby at 411 West Ocean Blvd. Kitty Hall is a great opportunity to find loving homes for some adorable cats and kittens. We will have many adoptable cats and kittens for you to meet. I hope to see you there!